For many people, buying a home is the biggest investment they will ever make. A home inspection helps to ensure the home you choose will be a safe and sound property for you for years to come.
This month we’re talking about the various areas a home inspector examines. Last week we covered the exterior of the home. If you missed it, you can find it on our blog at WeSellLeduc.com. This week we’re talking about the interior elements that get examined, and next week we’ll discuss what options you have if you’re not satisfied with your inspection. Keep in mind that our list is limited, as we simply cannot include everything that an inspector’s detailed report would include.
ATTIC – Inspectors are looking for previous or current moisture, evidence of decay or damage, and that there is sufficient insulation and adequate ventilation.
INTERIOR ROOMS – Inspectors want to ensure there are no structurally significant cracks on walls and ceilings. They verify windows and doors are in good condition and function properly, electrical outlets test properly, and there is heating provided where required in each room.
KITCHEN – Inspectors check that the cabinets are in good condition and that the doors and drawers operate properly. They test to ensure all appliances (laundry appliances as well) are working and often record the serial numbers. They check the sink plumbing for leaks and adequate supply and waste water flow. They examine outlets near the sink to ensure they are GFCI protected and in good working order.
BATHROOMS – Inspectors seek to ensure there is adequate water flow and pressure, there is good drainage, and areas that require caulking are sealed. They confirm the outlet near the sink is GFCI protected and in good working order and that the fan works properly. If a tub or shower has a tile surround, then want to ensure the grout isn’t cracking and the tiles and wall behind them are secure. The sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs are also inspected for damage and past or present leakage.
BASEMENT – If there were a place where moisture would be most evident it would be in the basement. Here inspectors perform moisture readings and look for visible mold, inspect the exposed foundation for cracked areas, flaking or efflorescence. They also confirm there is sufficient insulation in areas where visible. Any visible structure is also examined for deficiencies.
ELECTRICAL – Inspectors want to see there are no safety issues inside the electrical panel. They verify the type of wiring the property has. They want to see all wiring in good condition, and that it is secure and protected. They test all of the outlets to ensure they don’t present a fire or safety hazard.
HOT WATER TANK – Inspectors are looking for visible signs of corrosion and leakage. They confirm the location of the main shut off valves for water supply and gas while checking for gas odor and proper ventilation. They also check the age of the hot water tank so you have a rough idea of how many years of life are remaining.
FURNACE & A/C – Inspectors want to see if there are any signs of improper or unsafe operation. They’re checking for gas odor, that the air filters are clean, the ducts are in good condition and providing airflow where required. They also check the age and condition of the unit(s) so you have a rough idea of how many years are remaining.
FIRE SAFETY & MISC – In addition to confirming safety with electrical, inspectors ensure the dryer-exhaust system is properly vented to avoid risk of fire or excess moisture in the home. If the property has a garage, they ensure the common wall and door to the home has the proper fire rating. They also verify the presence of the property’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and handrails.
THERMAL IMAGING – One of the newest tools available, and one that every inspector should be using on your inspection is a Thermal Imaging Camera. This tool helps the inspector find defects undetectable by the naked eye. When used by a properly trained inspector, it can help them discover building and plumbing leaks, electrical issues, heating and cooling system problems, and insulation deficiencies.
As we mentioned last week, if you don’t already have a property inspector for your future purchase, our highest recommendation is Craig Wagner with Platinum Home Inspections. We’ve worked with Craig for years. He’s a thorough, professional, honest businessman who’ll have the protection of your investment and peace of mind as his highest priority. You can contact Craig at 780-940-0287 or at email@example.com
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